Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Acrylic Portraits

I have been playing around with skin tone in acrylics. It can be so frustrating sometimes!!!! I did this painting of my grandparents and little brother ( he is now 26 so this is an old pic) using a blue under painting which I found was helpful. I then mixed red oxide with titanium white, naples yellow and a dash of naphthol red. For shadows I used my favorite color, payne's grey. I still have a lot to do especially with my grandpa's face but I like it better than my previous portrait in terms of blending.  I found it was very helpful to use acrylic retarder with my paint which slows down the drying process of the acrylics.  I also LOVE using a dry brush to blend the wet paint around.  This was very helpful in making sure my blending was a little more gradual. Well I am off to paint some more!  Have a good day!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Farmers Market Flowers

I am totally obsessed with our local farmers market! Where else can you get amazing fruits, vegetables and flowers for unbelievable prices! Our farmers market is every Thursday and runs until the beginning of October so I still have a lot more to go to! Here are some flowers I bought recently at the farmers market. They remind me so much of "August.". I really want to do a painting of them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yellow Bird Painting

I have been obsessed with painting yellow birds lately. No idea why! Here are two of my recent paintings. The first is on a rock and the second is on a canvas panel.